Board of Trustees


Jennifer Shuey


Farmland Preservation Artists Liason

Jennifer's conservation experience comes from serving as the Executive Director of ClearWater Conservancy of Central Pennsylvania for nearly fifteen years.  She also currently serves on the Board of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and is a Trustee of The Hamer Foundation. She is also a member of the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania, which was formed in 2005 to promote the preservation and appreciation of farmland through the visual arts. A portion of the proceeds from any FPA group exhibition and sale supports Centre County Farmland Trust. As an artist, Jennifer specializes in pastel landscapes.  Jennifer's day job is Director of Development for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.  Her degree is in Landscape Architecture from Penn State.

Dan Guss


Dan is a semi-retired Water and Wastewater Engineer. He has spent his entire life studying, designing and installing water treatment systems. Dan has been married to his wife Gail Addison Guss for 42 years and they have three grown children. Having grown up in the State College area, Dan graduated from State College High, and is an engineering graduate of Penn State, and holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. Dan is proud to be the son of a Penn State Extension Veterinarian and grandson of a Central PA Dairy farmer. Dan has a passion for clean water and believes that the vital foundation of clean water and a clean environment is stewardship of the land.

Larry Hutchinson


Larry is a retired professor of Veterinary Science at Penn State University.  Penn State and Cornell provided the educational background for a career as a practicing large animal veterinarian and later as an extension educator at PSU.  He has a long-standing interest and concern about agriculture and the environment.  Larry loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, canoeing and horseback riding.

Derek Canova


Derek is a Realtor and Past President (2012) of the Centre County Association of Realtors.  He grew up in Penns Valley and has strong affinity for the area of Centre County and its agricultural heritage.

Linda Friend


Linda is recently retired after over 35 years at Penn State. She has been a resident of Penns Valley for over 40 years. Linda is also a shift leader and foster for PAWS and an AAUW board member. She has direct farming experience with sheep and beef cattle and is committed to conservation best practices and to farmland preservation.

Alan Schaffranek

Vice President

Bio coming soon!

Ann Donovan


Bio coming soon!

Ann Donovan


Bio coming soon!

Martha Grout Taylor

Trustee and Farmland Preservation Artists' Liaison

Bio coming soon!

Diana Griffith

CCFT Staff Liaison/Senior Planner

Agricultural Land Preservation Coordinator

Diana assists with CCFT agricultural easements. 

She joined the Centre County Planning & Community Development Office in September 2019.  

Raised in rural York County and later Centre County, Diana has specialized in communications throughout her career. She enjoys gardening, camping, writing, and photography.


The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania

The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania formed in late 2005 to promote the preservation and appreciation of farmland through the visual arts. 

The Farmland Preservation Artists regularly participate in gallery shows. To find out where you can view and purchase their work, visit their website or Facebook page.

The Farmland Preservation Artists maintain a permanent gallery at The Field Restaurant in State College, PA.


Centre County

Farmland Trust  

PO Box 604

Centre Hall, PA 16828

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